Skip to Main Content
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Current Projects
Completed Projects
Publications by Year
Publications by Topic
News & Events
Cyber Forum
CSTB's Mission
CSTB's Impact
Board Membership

Contact Us
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 334-2605
Fax: (202) 334-2318

Follow CSTB on
Facebook and Twitter


CSTB is a part of the
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Sign up for the DEPS newsletter.



Networked Systems of Embedded Computers


 Embedded, Everywhere: A Research Agenda for Networked Systems of Embedded Computers
This report explores the potential of networked systems of embedded computers and the research challenges arising from embedding computation and communications technology into a multitude of arenas. It describes the many ways in which these emerging networks operate under unique constraints not present in more traditional distributed systems such as the Internet. A comprehensive, systems-oriented research agenda is presented along with recommendations to major federal funding agencies.

Project Scope

This project will examine technical opportunities and trends in networked embedded computing -- the interconnection of microprocessors within dedicated devices for control or communications purposes. It will identify emergent opportunities and applications and plot key research directions to be pursued. In doing so, the study will develop a working definition of embedded computing, examine the range of applications in which networked embedded computers may be used; identify enabling technologies, and develop a research agenda for pursuing work in this field. The project is expected to help guide the development of federal programs in networked embedded computing and to help the research community sort through the range of technical challenges it faces.

Committee Members

Deborah L. Estrin, Chair
Computer Science Department/ISI
University of Southern California

Gaetano Borriello
Prof. and Associate Chair for Educational Programs
Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington

Robert P. Colwell
IA32 Architecture
Intel Corporation

Jerry Fiddler
Chairman of the Board
Wind River Systems

Mark Horowitz
Stanford University

William J. Kaiser
President and CEO
Sensoria Corporation

Nancy G. Leveson
Professor of Aerospace Information Systems and Software Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Lynette I. Millett, Program Officer (Study Director after August 2000)
Jerry Sheehan, Senior Program Officer (Study Director through August 2000)
Suzanne Ossa, Senior Project Assistant
Marjory S. Blumenthal, Executive Director


National Institute of Standards and Technology
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Barbara H. Liskov
Ford Professor of Engineering
Laboratory for Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter Lucas
President & Corporate Executive Officer
MAYA Design Group

David P. Maher
Chief Technology Officer

Paul Mankiewich
Wireless Technology Research
Lucent Technologies

Richard Taylor
Principal Scientist
Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

Jim Waldo
Distinguished Engineer
Sun Microsystems Inc.